Small-time drug possession charges are becoming less and less of a priority for Texas border patrol agents. Sierra Blanca, Texas has a reputation for arresting and accusing individuals of drug possession. However, this past summer many people caught carrying only a small amount of controlled substances – in most cases marijuana – were not arrested.
The Hudspeth County, Texas Sheriff’s Office has stopped scaled back on taking small-time checkpoint cases, which were becoming a heavy burden on its taxpayers. In fact, the Sheriff even stated that his county was providing a service to the federal government and if the federal government stops paying, the county was not going to continue doing it. For example, when the amount of drug possession failed to meet federal thresh holds, the county used to make the arrest. However, for last summer many people who in the past would be arrested were allowed to pass on through.
The Sheriff said that he knew of six or seven or more cases in which Border Patrol chose not to arrest a person who formerly would have been arrested on drug possession charges. According to the Sheriff, someone needs to pay for the services. However, he is opposed to the idea that local taxpayers should be shouldering the burden to pay for a service which is for the benefit of the federal government.
While this county in Texas appears to have scaled back on small-level drug possession arrests, numerous Texans are still being arrested on drug possession and must face those charges in court. A well-thought out legal defense with an eye for the individual facts of the case, in addition to the laws that come into play, is a necessity for anyone accused of drug possession no matter how seemingly inconsequential or grave the charges happen to be. There are numerous strategies that can be employed on behalf of the accused in order to help him or her get the charges dropped and/or achieve a verdict of not guilty in a court of law.
Source: wfaa.com, Small drug busts are big burden for West Texas sheriff, Angela Kocherga, Sept. 29, 2013